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Global Knowledge Partners

Osaka University aims to create new value as a university open to global society in which individuals with diverse knowledge learn from each other according to its basic philosophy of Open Community stated in OU Vision 2021. Each and every researcher at OU actively carries out international collaborative research, producing outstanding research results.

However, the world, including Japan, is facing increasingly complicated and serious social issues. In 2015, the United Nations adopted "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” outlining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address urgent global challenges. In reaction to this, the Japanese government established the SDGs Promotion Headquarters to move ahead with measures related to the SDGs.

In order to respond to these changes in society, it is necessary to gather even more diverse knowledge to tackle social issues. To this end, Osaka University will work together with university partners around the world with the clear objective of "contributing to the solution of social issues" to achieve steady results. Regarding these strategic partnerships as means for academic collaboration and the partners themselves as global knowledge partners, we will form interdisciplinary research groups to address common issues set together with other world-class universities, implementing advanced research.

At the same time, OU will also develop world-class global human resources through this joint research. For joint research with global knowledge partners, we will establish a cross-boundary support system within the university. We will design systems to acquire external funds, proceed with projects, receive and send young researchers, supporting these endeavors in cooperation with our overseas centers and offices.


2019 Osaka University Research Abroad Program for GKP (Application Guideline)
2019 Osaka University Visiting Scholar Program for GKP (Application Guideline)
*Application forms are available on My Handai (OU members only).

List of research support programs at OU (link in Japanese)

Activity Report

Strategic Partnership Agreement between Osaka University and University College London Signed

October 7, 2019

UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur, Vice-Provost Nicola Brewer, and their entourage visited Osaka University to sign a strategic partnership agreement with OU. (Details)

Workshop with University College London (UCL)

March 27~28, 2019 (London, UK)

Osaka University - UCL Strategic Partnership Kick-off Event (Program)


Workshop with University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

March 14~15, 2019 (San Diego, U.S.)

1st Osaka University - UCSD Workshop on Information Science for Future Society (Details)

Workshop with University of Groningen

March 12~13, 2019 (Osaka University)

2nd Data Workshop Osaka - Groningen (Details)

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